J. Raymond Kelley
jraykelley at prodigy.net
Sun Nov 16 14:59:18 EST 2003
Trevor Peterson wrote:
>>Yes, and a certain percentage of the time this appears to
>>work with words where there is sufficient usage data to
>>determine meaning. But this is a shot in the dark with
>>hapaxlegomona and other rare words.
>It's not exactly a shot in the dark, unless perhaps we're talking about
>a trained marksman with rather good hearing. I have not tried to say
>that it can solve all the world's problems--only that it provides some
>clues. The fact that derivational morphology cannot give definitive
>answers does not make it altogether useless. Taken together with
>contextual clues, it just might point us to a plausible understanding of
>an unfamiliar word.
As long as one never forgets that the term "educated" does not
sufficiently modify "guess" so as to eliminate the reality of the term...
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